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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 October, 2004, 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK
Man Utd/Arsenal player ratings

Marks out of 10 for Manchester United and Arsenal after their Premiership showdown at Old Trafford.

Manchester United

Roy Carroll - 7: Came out quickly to smother a shot from Henry. Little to do but looked alert and safe for United.


Gary Neville - 7: As usual he was well up for the battle. Booked for a foul on Reyes but a comfortable afternoon.


Gabriel Heinze - 8: A very solid performance and he even came close to breaking the deadlock when he ventured forward.


Rio Ferdinand - 8 (STAR MAN): Rarely put a foot wrong in the biggest test since his return to action. A true captain's display.


Mikael Silvestre - 7: Along with Ferdinand, he performed admirably with anything the Arsenal attack could throw at them.


Phil Neville - 7: Came in for Roy Keane. Like brother Gary he was booked for a foul on Reyes. Helped quash Arsenal's threat down the left.


Paul Scholes - 5: Got through plenty of work in defence but badly let down by some sloppy passing.


Cristiano Ronaldo - 6: Showed his ample box of tricks but was guilty of overplaying or choosing the wrong option, often to the dismay of his team-mates.


Wayne Rooney - 6: Very eager to get involved but little was going right for him until he earned a controversial and decisive penalty.


Ruud van Nistelrooy - 7: He got away with what looked a nasty challenge on Cole. He was kept very quiet but unlike last year he held his nerve to score from the spot.


Ryan Giggs - 5: Lively early on in a left-wing role but became less of an influence as the game progressed.


Substitutes

Alan Smith (Replaced Ronaldo, 70 minutes) - 7: Only on for a few minutes but enough time to set up the second goal for Rooney.


Louis Saha (rep Van Nistelrooy, 90): Brought on as United looked to eat up the clock. Played his part in Rooney's goal.


Arsenal

Jens Lehmann - 6: No repeat of his midweek clangers but did not always look the assured presence Arsenal needed.


Lauren - 7: Was given a stern test early on by Giggs but did well and got better as the game progressed.


Ashley Cole - 8: Just like Euro 2004 he won his battle with Ronaldo, although it meant he couldn't get forward much.


Sol Campbell - 7: A rock at the heart of the defence, his authoritative display was spoiled by a harsh penalty.


Kolo Toure - 7: Along with Campbell he played his part in dealing manfully with Van Nistelrooy and Rooney.


Patrick Vieira - 7: Was a doubt for the game and his slip led to a Giggs shot. Not quite 100% but a solid performance.


Edu - 8 (STAR MAN): In a scrappy game he produced some of the best moments with some nice through passes. Also helped out his defence with some sterling work.


Dennis Bergkamp - 6: Some nice touches but not allowed the time and space on the ball for him to be a key factor.


Freddie Ljungberg - 6: Offered plenty of running and a useful outlet but could not quite make it happen.


Thierry Henry - 6: Should have scored in the first half but denied by Carroll. A constant threat with his pace but was far from his brilliant best.


Jose Antonio Reyes - 7: Sparked much of Arsenal's play early on from deep. Always lively on the ball but he was not given the same amount of space after the break.


Substitutes

Robert Pires (Replaced Reyes, 70 mins) - 5: He was brought on just before United's opening goal but was unable to get Arsenal back into it after falling behind.




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